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TOURISM AND MEDIA

Recent and archived news stories on: Airports, Conventions, Entertainment, Hotels, Gaming, Restaurants, Sports, Theme Parks, Travel...

New Hotel, a Few Room Tweaks, Shuffle Ranks

HOSPITALITY: Great Wolf raises top 50 to 21,508 rooms

There have been a few changes on a list that rarely sees them.

HB Luxury Hotel Adds to Developer’s High-End Tilt

Pacific Hospitality Walks Line Between Resorts and Chains

This week’s opening of Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach marks the seventh high-end property out of 10 in owner-operator Pacific Hospitality Group’s stable.

Theme Park Company Buys NY Property

Apex Parks Group LLC in Aliso Viejo bought Martin’s Fantasy Island theme park in Grand Island, N.Y., on undisclosed terms.

Coast Magazine Names Top Editor

Samantha Dunn was named editor of Coast magazine, according to the Southern California News Group, which oversees 11 daily newspapers, several magazines and other entities in Southern California, including the Orange County Register.

Augmented Reality Product Picked for China Pitch

CandyBAR Delivers Images to Mobile Devices

Irvine-based Candy Lab, which has developed an augmented reality product intended to help businesses attract consumers, is one of eight companies selected by the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale to pitch to venture capitalists, angel investors, and government officials in China.

Vietnamese Style, Heritage Celebrated at Fashion Week

Event Showcased SoCal, Vietnam-Based Designers

Viet Fashion Week, showcasing designers of Vietnamese heritage, was held over the weekend outside the Westminster Mall.

Clean Energy Founder Savors Idea of First Profits

Otherwise Laments State Of Overall Fuel Market

Count Clean Energy Fuels Corp. co-founder and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens among the throngs of company backers who thought a profitable quarter would come years ago.

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New Editor for Coast

Samantha Dunn will be the new editor of Coast magazine, according to the Southern California News Group.

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Apex Parks Buys in NY

Apex Parks Group LLC in Aliso Viejo bought Martin’s Fantasy Island theme park in Grand Island, N.Y., on undisclosed terms.

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Spanish-Language Papers Editor Exits

Sandra Baltazar Martínez, managing editor of Spanish-language weeklies La Prensa in Riverside and Excélsior in Orange County, left her post to be a writer and editor for University of California-Riverside’s internal communications department, according to news reports

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Palace Parent Goes Public

Newport Beach-based Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC’s $430 million in debt is expected to be repaid as a result of its parent company’s recent initial public offering.

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OCVA to Nab China MICE

The Orange County Visitors Association in Irvine has added a “Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions” effort to its Beijing office.

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Theme Park Owners Report Results

Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. said revenue at its parks and resorts—a division that includes Disneyland Resort in Anaheim—grew 4% in the company’s most recent quarter to $3.92 billion, up from $3.76 billion in the same period last year.

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Register Names New Senior Editor

Todd Harmonson has been named senior editor at the Orange County Register, succeeding managing editor Donna Wares, according to the Southern California News Group, which oversees the Register.

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NextVR Adds Deal with Live Nation

Laguna Beach-based virtual reality content maker NextVR Inc. has struck a deal with one of the world’s largest event companies to bring “hundreds” of live concerts to fans across the globe through virtual reality.